Britney Spears’ ex-husband given restraining order after crashing wedding

Jason Alexander pleads not guilty to charges of stalking, trespassing, battery and vandalism

Britney Spears’ ex-husband Jason Alexander has been charged with stalking her, after he appeared unannounced at her wedding last week.

After streaming a video live on his Instagram at the wedding venue, in which he claimed that Spears had invited him and said “I’m here to crash the wedding”, Alexander was confronted by security guards, arrested and taken to a local jail. Spears’ wedding to Sam Asghari, her third husband, went ahead.

At a hearing on Monday in Ventura County, California, Alexander pleaded not guilty to charges of stalking, trespassing, battery and vandalism. “An altercation occurred with the security officers and that’s where the battery occurred,” a police spokesman said. “And during the altercation an item was broken, so that’s where the vandalism comes into play. And by being on private property, the trespass comes into play.”

A judge gave Alexander a restraining order that states he must stay 100 yards away from Spears for at least three years. His bail was set at $100,000.

Alexander and Spears, who were childhood friends, married in 2004, but the marriage was annulled after less than three days. She was then married to second husband Kevin Federline between 2004 and 2006.

Britney Spears and Sam Asghari.
Britney Spears and Sam Asghari. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Spears met Asghari on a music video set in 2016, and they got engaged in September 2021. Their marriage comes amid greater freedom for Spears, following the dissolution in November 2021 of a controversial conservatorship that controlled many aspects of her life.

The wedding was attended by stars including Madonna, Donatella Versace and Paris Hilton, though various members of Spears’ family did not attend.


Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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